Interview with Anoxia (January 24th, 2006)

Hi, first off all I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Anoxia -
Thank you! 2006 actually happens to be anniversary-year in the AnoxiA-tale. Lars and Søren formed the first incarnation of the band, under a different name, though, back in ’96. The music then was more straight-ahead punky hard rock, but the transformation into AnoxiA, and the evolution of our current style kicked off around 2000. The first taste of this was the 2000-demo “Far from this time”. Following, through the years was a lot of gigging, line-up-changes, the 2003-release “Melanchollision”, more gigging and then, finally; our new 6-tracker; the “Kept in Sin”-release. The line-up on this promo has been together since July 2004, and is, beyond any doubt, the strongest and most unified in the band’s history. We are: Lars: Guitar/Vox, Søren: Drums, Allan: Bass and Claus: Guitar.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Anoxia - As usual we recorded the raw music at Muzirkus/Nyborg controlled by Henrik Johannessen. This time we wished to add a new dimension to the sound and since we were all pleased with the work of Tommy Hansen/Jailhouse, he was the natural choice for the mixing process. We truly feel that sonically this is our most solid-cast and successful effort so far, since we ended up achieving the in-your-face-sound on the album that was our initial ambition. And not to forget the visual part of “Kept in Sin” we must remember to express our greatest satisfaction with the work. We wanted beside of the music to keep a focus on the band and present how we are. Laura Kiralfy followed us the whole summer recording all the stuffs you can find on the disc and we are pleased with the result!

How did you get your name Anoxia?
Anoxia -
An often asked question, but rarely properly answered…! “AnoxiA” sounds metal. It’s short and accurate. With a name like that, we won’t be mistaken for a pop-band. In addition the double-A-combination in the word provides some graphical possibilities, which we also take advantage of.

In what words would you describe the music and moods of Anoxia for someone that has not heard you yet?
Anoxia -
As most other bands, we hate labelling our music, but obviously it is a sort of melodic thrash-metal. By combining the rawness and aggression of extreme styles with the melody and feel of more traditional hard rock and metal, we try our best to create a unique brand, which comprises the special Anoxia-mood.

Which bands from then and from nowadays have their influence on Anoxia?
Anoxia - Well, Hard to tell! Our inspiration comes from all corners of the musical universe. It would be impossible to mention specific bands since we are four individual metal fans with different preferences! As a matter of fact, what we listen to is not necessarily the same stuff that inspires us.

What influences you when writing songs and in what way are songs made within Anoxia?
Anoxia - Usually someone brings an idea to our dungeon and if the jury accepts the idea or riff we basically jam around it, fight around it, add our individual fingerprints and eventually a track is born. In the song creation process we consider the “Ultimate Killer Song” as the goal and our work goes in that direction.

Are lyrics written prior to a song or are they written to fit the music?
Anoxia - He he it’s a 50/50 deal! Most of the time we make the music at first and then the lyrics are added. Lars is almost responsible for the lyrics and the contents in the songs of AnoxiA vary a lot. Everything from stories, moods and thoughts delivers the perfect inspiration for the vocal work in the band. The lyrics are always unique and are usually made to fit the moods in the songs.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Anoxia -
Well, we are four guys, having our individual favourite tunes. Usually the newer the song, the greater the excitement, which is probably a healthy tendency too, since a newer song is more likely to represent the current state of the band, which is ideally the best ever! In fact all of us (coincidentally enough!) happens to have our all-time Anoxia-favourites on the new album: Søren and Allan: “Last Situation”, Lars: “All And Everything”, Claus: “m/s Relationship”.

Do you feel that you sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
Anoxia - We have set a path for the music, which we are all pleased with and thus will follow. Surely our music will develop within these frames, but always without deviating from our main concept. We kind of invented our own style, which we are proud of and wish to stay true to. We all agree that following trends and currents equals whimp-out! We do what we do, and by keeping on doing that, we (hopefully!) get better and better at that, instead of continuously changing our style to fit whatever’s in fashion at the moment. 

Do you have any touring plans?
Anoxia - Yes indeed, we have a couple of package shows throughout Denmark with a few other bands (e.g. Mindmare and Third Eye from our hometown) coming up during the spring. So far the dates count:

Feb. 11th - Copenhagen (The Rock)
Mar. 3rd - Herning (Imperiet)
Apr. 14th  - Kolding (Pitstop)
ay 13th - Odense (Badstuen)

Jun 23rd - Ringe (Midtfyns Festival)
Always keep an eye on the gig-guide at

Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
Anoxia - Hmm, this is where you expect us to answer Metallica or Maiden, right?! Well, in fact supporting Spinal Tap would be more like a dream come true for us, ha-ha! No, seriously, our upcoming tour with Mindmare (melodic death metal) and Third Eye (prog. metal) we consider a great package. Here we’ve got 3 pretty skilled bands, in 3 different musical categories on one bill. Since we are all unsigned bands, we are probably dealing with very reasonable cover charges at the venues as well, so it’s a great chance for people to come and see a diverse and kicking metal-show!  

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans - how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Anoxia - The web is a really important tool for metal fans as well as bands nowadays. For underground bands as well as fans it is a much more convenient equivalent of the tape-trading-scene of the 80’es and 90’es. We have definitely gained a lot of attention and feedback through the web, and the situation is the same for most other bands. Today, when forming a band, the first thing you do is literally designing a web-site!

Every band wants to become famous, touring etc. But what would you absolutely not do with Anoxia or you don't want to reach with the band?
Anoxia -
Hmm, male groupies seem to be the absolute terror-vision of the AnoxiA future, hahaha!

One thing we will never do is to compromise in our music! Like said before we never follow any trend and we could never imagine going to our dungeon with the thought of changing the music into some more mainstream friendly music! The one of us that would ever dare to come and suggest that in the dungeon would be beaten up he he!

Last thing, Never EVER hire Bob Rock as additional musician!!

Can you finish this sentence: In five year Anoxia will be.?
Anoxia - Six years older….Oh, no, wait a minute; make that five! No seriously we will still be rocking, touring and have made several more records! AnoxiA is an institution with room for our seriousness concerning the music, but indeed also a whole lot of Party N’ Roll, Drunken Nights and Bar Humour. This combination seems to be essential for all of us and why ever thank no to that?

How do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Anoxia -
The focus on metal as a general is pretty good at the moment. Compared to just five years ago when metal and rock had literally no airplay at all. We all in the band are however not too pleased with the commercial acts of today’s scene (no names mentioned…), but on the other hand they get the kids to buy the albums, and ideally the kids get hooked, wanting to progress on to more interesting stuff, such as, well; “real” metal….! The metal universe has never been this diverse before, never have there been so many different styles, and of course that is healthy for the scene.

Which albums do you listen to the most at the moment and why these albums?
Anoxia - Again; we are four individual metal fans, as accurate as possible we have compiled our current top 5’s or classics he he:


  1. Dream Theater – All albums
  2. AC/DC – All albums
  3. Spiritual Beggars – Deamons…
  4. Iron Maiden – All Albums
  5. Arch Enemy – Doomsday Machine


  1. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
  2. Trivium – Ascendancy
  3. Brainstorm - Metus Mortis
  4. Arch Enemy - Anthems of Rebellion
  5. Dokken - Beast from the East

What are you doing besides Anoxia, job wise as well as hobbies?
Anoxia - No names mentioned; Anoxia counts two engineers, one cop and a carpenter… Hobbies?!? Anoxia of course!! We all have fetishes concerning our instruments and gear so it is always a hot topic in the dungeon. There is always something to fix or repair to keep the metal machine running!!!

I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with?

Anoxia -
We strongly encourage all readers of to come and see our upcoming shows. We haven’t been on the road for a couple of months, so we are anxious and ready to kick some serious ass!! Also go to and check out the sound clips from our album, see if you like it, and, of course; get it! Otherwise go to and listen to the entire album. In general; support the underground!

Anoxia - Kept in Sin

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